Warning: This interview contains SPOILERS for Transformers: The Last Knight
Transformers: The Last Knight is now in theaters, and marks the second outing for Mark Wahlberg as inventor-turned-hero Cade Yeager. The sequel finds Cade living in hiding with the Autobots, who are listless and undisciplined after being abandoned on Earth by their leader, Optimus Prime, who has gone in search of the Transformers’ creators. The Autobots and Cade are also being hunted by the TRF – a task force dedicated to hunting down all Transformers, whose presence on Earth has been declared illegal.
Cade’s interactions with the Autobots lead to him being chosen by an ancient Cybertronian relic as “The Last Knight” – the heir to a legacy passed down by King Arthur himself. Before long, Cade becomes embroiled in a new conflict with mysterious new villain Quintessa, who has managed to turn Optimus Prime against his former friends.
Ahead of the global premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight in London, Screen Rant got a chance to speak to Wahlberg about Cade’s newest adventure. Check out a video of the interview above, and a transcript below.
So in this movie we see Cade get knighted, kind of, by an alien artifact. Do you think Cade possesses the right qualities to make it as a knight?
Mark Wahlberg: Absolutely. Absolutely. Now, I’m hoping Mark Wahlberg possesses the qualities to be a knight here in England. I’m campaigning, myself, to get my knighthood.
I’ll put in a good word for you.
Mark Wahlberg: Thank you. Thank you.
Obviously Cade’s relationship with Tessa is still there, even though they aren’t really able to see one another. Is that still a prime motivator in Cade’s life, to protect his daughter?
Mark Wahlberg: Yeah, yeah. I think it was one of those things where he had to make a decision, basically, to allow her to have a normal life. That he had to go on the run. That would probably be a difficult thing to do, but the right thing to do. Then obviously getting thrust into this whole other world ‘across the water’ made for a very interesting story and adventure.
This is your second movie, so were you a bit more used to working in the very VFX-heavy environment? Were you able to visualize the Transformers a bit better now that you’ve seen yourself with them on screen?
Mark Wahlberg: Yes. But it’s one of those things where you had to be completely committed anyway, so once you take the leap of faith, you’re in it. And that’s why I was always encouraging everybody, ‘Pay attention to every scene in this script… No dialogue, it doesn’t matter.’ You have to know everything that’s going on around you. Michael doesn’t have a lot of time for explaining things, it’s a pretty fast paced shoot
The core of the franchise is that moment where we see a car or a vehicle of some kind turn into a Transformer – is there a particular vehicle that you would love to see go through that transformation?
Mark Wahlberg: That’s one question I’ve been asked a few times. I just say an aircraft. A plane… preferably a private one that would allow me to go lots of places quickly.
That’s probably the most useful kind of Transformer, because it can take you quite a long way.
Mark Wahlberg: Yeah and quickly.
Like I mentioned, this is quite a VFX-heavy movie. What’s the experience of making it like, is it a well-oiled machine?
Mark Wahlberg: Extremely, it is. Although Michael has the whole movie in his head so sometimes he’ll be doing things that will seem to not make sense, but then you see the movie and you’ll understand why. We’ll be in the middle of a scene and all of a sudden he’ll be like, ‘This is not working.’ And you don’t know if he’s talking about necessarily the dialogue, your performance, or whatever. But it may be just the clouds in the background of, you know, the frame as a whole. So we’ll jump from thing to thing, and you just have to be prepared for anything at any time.
Can we expect to see Cade again in the future, maybe the next mainline Transformers movie?
Mark Wahlberg: I have no idea.
Where do you think he would go? Because he’s hit a few highs in his life and his career as a Transformers sidekick.
Mark Wahlberg: Yeah, I don’t know. That would be up to the powers that be when they go into the think tank and figure it out. But I really just signed on to work with Michael. We had a great experience in Pain & Gain, so you know… if there’s no Michael there’s probably no me.
Do you have a favorite Transformer? Is there one out of the crowd that you’ve gotten attached to?
Mark Wahlberg: Well, obviously I got to spend a bit more time with Bumblebee in this movie. So you know, Optimus… I really think it’s an interesting choice to make Optimus go to the dark side. And us have to do anything we can to convince him to come back. But yeah, the two main guys, obviously.
We also see Cade trying to get Bumblebee his voice back, which is an important plot point in this movie. I’m trying to do this without spoilers… do you think audiences will be pleased with how that plot point ends up?
Mark Wahlberg: I don’t know. But that’s a bit of a spoiler you’re mentioning there. Michael being so secretive… even when we were doing ADR over the phone, he wouldn’t send any of the footage. And then he made sure the line was secure because we were on the telephone together when we were dubbing those particular parts.
We may have to cut that part out or bleep it for spoilers.
Directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner and Santiago Cabrera, The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
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